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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just Because I Felt Like It

Today I bought a new color printer even though I had and old color printer that worked.  The new printer has many new features, but was not really needed as the old printer did a good job.  So why, really, did I make the purchase?  Of course, it had to be within budget.  It was on sale, an added inducement, but not the deciding factor.  The reason I bought the printer was because, for whatever reason, I thought it was time for a change--this despite the absence of a long list of egregious wrongs.  It reminds me of the Declaration of Independence where a long list of egregious wrongs was listed.  The breach with Britain had to muster reasons; it couldn't be because the colonists just felt it was time for a change.  But my guess is that largely was the real reason.  Of course, you can find this or that rationale--you can always find a rationale when one is needed to support what you feel you must do because of a feeling of restlessness.  Yes, it's time to turn the page, get to the next chapter, complete a series, get a sense of closure, and replace it with a fresh start.  I would not want to underestimate the importance of this as a human motivator even though it is based in the end on a vaguely definable feeling.  Trash all the rationales and tell the truth--it just felt like it was time for a change.

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